Australia register their 1000th International victory despite Rohit’s ton

Australia have successfully started the ODI series against India by beating them by 34 runs despite the ton from Rohit Sharma.

Khawaja and Shaun Marsh had a solid partnership

Australia are now having more tough times with them recently. They had poor performances against India in T20I series as well as in Test series. But they are off to a good start in the new year with the win in the ODI series opener against India in Sydney.

Australian skipper Aaron Finch won the toss and elected to bat first in a track which assists batsmen more. Australia had a poor start in the form of Aaron Finch as he was trapped by Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

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Alex Carey, Australian wicket-keeper also had a short stay as he was dismissed within the powerplay by Kuldeep Yadav. Australian middle-order did a good job for the hosts with good contributions from Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, and Peter Handscomb.

Marcus Stoinis also contributed in the end with a decent knock of 47 runs and Australia managed to score 288 in their first innings. India off to a terrible start in their chase of 289 to win the series opener at SCG.

Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, and Ambati Rayudu had a very short stay at the crease and resulted in a heavy batting collapse of 4/3 for the visitors. Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni rebuilt the Indian innings and took the team to a respectable position from a huge batting collapse in the top order.

MS Dhoni scored a much-needed half-century in the context of the game as well as his recent form, but he failed to convert it into a match-winning one as he was dismissed on 51.

His partner Rohit Sharma went onto score another ton at the format but he was running out of partners at the other end. Apart from Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the one who scored a decent 29 runs. Finally, India managed to score 254 in the chase.

That resulted in a 34 runs win for Australia to go 1-0 in the three-match ODI series. Jhye Richardson was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets while Jason Behrendorff had a good debut game with two wickets.

Brief Scores:

Australia: 288/5
Peter Handscomb 73, Usman Khawaja 59
Kuldeep Yadav 2/54, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2/66

India: 254/9
Rohit Sharma 133, MS Dhoni 51
Jhye Richardson 4/26, Jason Behredorff 2/39

Australia won by 34 runs


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